- Portland Tribune - Sports
Next: The Winter Hawks, who played well in three games last weekend, entertain Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Coliseum.
Tribune player of the week: Portland doesn't bury too many pucks this season, which made Friday's 5-2 win at Everett much sweeter. Captain Frazer McLaren, the rugged 19-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba, had two tallies as he teamed on an effective line with Nick Hotson and Colton Sceviour, back from a foot injury. McLaren leads Portland with 18 goals.
After the goal explosion, Portland's offense worked well, but scored just once at Seattle (5-1 loss) on Saturday, and the T-Birds handed the Winter Hawks their 15th shutout on Sunday (1-0 loss). Goalie Kurtis Mucha allowed only three goals on 85 shots (at Everett, vs. Seattle on Sunday) last weekend.
Fracas aftermath: Here's a description of the game-ending fracas at Everett Events Center from The Herald newspaper of Everett, Wash.: A fan poured beer onto the Portland bench. A couple Hawks made obscene gestures at fans and tried to get over the protective glass and brandished sticks at them. Several fans threw bottles and cups onto the bench; one full cup hit Portland assistant coach Brian Pellerin in the face; a water bottle whizzed by coach Mike Williamson's head.
Max Gordichuk, McLaren and Scott Gabriel got game misconduct penalties, and Gabriel a gross misconduct. He sat out the past two games with an indefinite league suspension; Stefan Langwieder got suspended for two games and McLaren one. Everett will get fined by the league for inadequate security.
'We can't have people going down and doing stuff to the bench,' Everett GM Doug Soetaert tells The Herald. 'On the other side, teams can't respond that way,' and he commended Williamson for holding back players.
'That's pretty classless,' Williamson tells The Herald, about the Everett fans, after the surprising 5-2 win. 'Our guys played hard. I know in Portland our fans would have been frustrated at their own team, but they can appreciate an inspired effort by the other team.'
The Silvertips visit Portland on Friday (7:30 p.m., coliseum).
Sceviour's return: 'We missed him a lot,' Williamson says. 'He gives us the opportunity to have two (veteran) centermen on the ice who can create some offense, along with Teegan (Moore). I was really happy with Colton after being out two months. He was dynamic out of the gate.'
Nearing record: Mucha has played in 56 games - the record is 63 by Joaquin Gage, 1991-92, and Scott Langkow, 1994-95. Williamson says backup Chris Ward will probably play a game or two, which would leave Mucha short of the record.